There are games you just can’t lose. For the sake of the Raptors’ sanity, Saturday’s game against the winless Utah Jazz was one of those. Whatever problems the Raptors are having pale in comparison to what Ty Corbin and the Jazz are going through. Having allowed veteran big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to leave via free agency in the off-season, the Jazz opened the year with 23-year-old Gordon Hayward as its longest tenured player. This was by design. The plan is to build around the young core of Hayward, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke when he returns to health. But in the meantime, there are going to be a lot of nights like Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre when a team having problems of its own like the Raptors takes it out on the young pups still learning the NBA game, That’s not to say the Raptors are all the way developed - far from it, in fact - but there’s no question even the Raptors have seasoning the Jazz are lacking. The game was in doubt for about six minutes as the plucky Jazz rallied from an early deficit to get it down to a two-point game. But by the end of the first quarter, the Raptors’ lead was up to 14. By the half, it was 26 and all that was to be determined was how big a blowout this one would be. It turned out to be 115-91 for the home side with Tyler Hansbrough leading the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. This was get-well night for the Raptors, who brought a three-game losing streak into the contest. Get well they did - with one big exception. Kyle Lowry, who took the final shot of the first half, did not come out for the second with what the team was reporting as a sprained right ankle. Even a short-term absence for Lowry would hurt the Raptors, given the uncertainty behind him at the point guard position. Since training camp, head coach Dwane Casey has been hoping to see one of D.J. Augustin, Dwight Buycks or Julyan Stone do something to separate themselves from the other two.
Toronto Raptors crush winless Utah Jazz, 115-91
Toronto Sun | Nov 10